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TASUED Secondary School wins 2014 Schlumberger International Science Award

TASUED Secondary School wins 2014 Schlumberger International Science Award

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Tai Solarin University of Education, TASUED, Ijagun, Ogun State, through her young Scientists, Students of Tai Solarin University of Education Secondary School (TASUESS) again shone like galaxy of stars at the 2014 Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED).

The project featured by TASUESS students, Water-Powered Automobile won them 1st position among several competing schools in Nigeria.

The competition, which was organized in conjunction with Nigeria Academy of Science, was part of Schlumberger’s Global Citizenship Initiatives, to support and encourage the development of Nigerian talents in the Sciences in secondary schools.

The TASUESS team, Ogunyemi Bolujoko, Olaniyan George and Oguntoye Oluwatobi came home with Award Plaques, Certificates and a Science Laboratory for the school. In addition to this, the team will also enjoy an all expense paid trip to France.

TASUESS came first in a Debate Competition organized by the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Abeokuta in 2014, which had students from other African countries in attendance .

Presenting the team to the Governing Council of the University, the Chairman, Board of Governors of the School, Dr. R.I Adepoju said the team must be motivated for the ground-breaking innovation.

The Chairman of the Governing Council of the University, Prof. Olufemi Bamiro said the students must be commended for their outstanding performance with a call on the teachers to keep the spirit going.

“This, I believe, can be the beginning of a research that would go beyond just a competition. Keep the flag flying. Well done!”, he added.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof.Oluyemisi Obilade also commended the winning team for projecting the University to the world.

In attendance at the presentation ceremony were the Principal of the school, Mrs. Beatrice Olaniyan; Vice Principal, Mrs. Akinside and Mr. Olujimi Moses, the Physics teacher who conceptualized the project and whose commitment and resources saw it to a glorious end.

March 23, 2015 |

Gowon to deliver lecture on Nigerian Civil War Ojukwu University

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Igbariam (Anambra), March 18, 2015 (NAN) A former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, will deliver a lecture at the 6th convocation ceremony of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, formerly Anambra State University, on Wednesday, next week.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Fidelis Okafor, made the announcement at a news conference at the Igbariam campus of the university on Wednesday.

Okafor , said that the former head of state’s lecture would be on the topic: `No Victor, No Vanquished: Healing the Nigerian Nation`.

He said that 14 people would receive Ph.Ds, 54 Masters’ degrees , 97 postgraduate diplomas and 2,800 first degrees on March 26.

“Some 45 years ago at the end of the Civil War, Gowon made an epoch-making speech and he is going to speak on that.

“It is also an opportunity for this general to come to a university named after his rival during the war.

“Gowon has never made any public statement on the event of between 1967 and 1970.

“I think also that he wishes to use the opportunity to speak to the Igbo people before he exits from this earth.“

According to him, the event will be the first convocation of the university since it became Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University.

The vice-chancellor said that the Senate President, David Mark and the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu would be conferred with honorary and post-humous doctorate respectively at the convocation.

He said that Mark, Ojukwu and Gowon were special military men, who distinguished themselves in the history of Nigeria. (NAN)

March 23, 2015 |

FCMB To Build SMEs Capacity Through Training

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First City Monument Bank, FCMB, has disclosed its intention to empower the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, SMEs, through training, capable of enhancing their marketing and managerial skills.

Tagged “FCMB Capacity Building Initiative: Empowering the Nigerian SMEs”, the bank said, the exercise will equip SME operators with necessary skills to effectively grow their businesses.

Speaking at a press conference held in Lagos state, the Executive Director of the Bank for Lagos and South-West, Mr. Olufemi Bakre, said that, the training was conceived to build capacity for SME operators by exposing them to modern skills to assist to realise their objectives. This, he said, is in line with the Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, of the bank aimed at adding values to their operations.

According to him, “FCMB realises that SMEs play pivotal roles in the growth of the nation’s economy. We also understand that a number of factors combined to determine the success or failure of the SMEs.”

“We are focused on being a strategic partner to such businesses, considering the huge opportunities they offer in the areas of job creation, poverty eradication and economic development’’, he added, According to him, the empowerment programme is in partnership with the Shopping Internet Services Limited.

He said, the programme involves series of free training and radio programmes, cutting across various topical issues concerning SMEs, adding that the pilot phase of the exercise, which the bank has aptly christened, cluster marketing, kicked-off in Lagos state recently, saying it will be extended to other parts of the country.

March 23, 2015 |

CIBN accredits Access Bank, GTBank training schools

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The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) yesterday officially recognised the training schools of Access Bank Plc and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank) as accredited training service providers in the banking category of the institute by presenting accreditation certificates to both banks.

The CIBN also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Rhema University, Aba, for its ACIB/Degree linkage programme.

Speaking during the presentation of accreditation certificates to the banks, the President and Chairman of Council, CIBN, Mrs. Debola Osibogun said the banks met the requirements for accreditation and were in compliance with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s competency framework.

Osibogun disclosed that graduates from the academy, irrespective of their background would be granted exceptions in certain subjects, even as she stressed the need for capacity building in banks.

“The accreditation will open more rooms for intending members to come on board and write our professional examinations,” she said.

“It will go down in history that these are the first set of accreditation certificates to be presented to academies and training Service Providers in Nigeria. With this accreditation, GTBank Academy and Access Bank Academy have the stamp of authority to train their workforce and by extension building capacity for the banking and finance industry in Nigeria as required under the competency framework.

“In addition, graduates of these academies will be granted generous exemptions in the flagship ACIB examinations of the Institute. Information at my disposal is that graduates of these academies, irrespective of their background, will be granted exemptions in nine subjects, a reflection on the high quality standards of their curriculum,” she added.

Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe, who was represented by the Executive Director, Commercial Banking, Roosevelt Ogbonna noted that the bank over the past years, have had excellent long standing relationship with CIBN and it is going one step further with the accreditation.

Wigwe added: “We cannot stop building and investing in our people. As banks and service providers, the competency we sell is the people we have.”

He said employees of the bank would continue to take advantage of the robust learning system and structures at the institute to enhance productivity.

Wigwe also expressed delight over the partnership with CIBN, saying that he looked forward to a more unending relationship.

March 23, 2015 |

NAMA Offers Pre-retirement Training to 34 Staff

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The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) recently embarked on restructuring of its management in the Directorate of Operations as Mr. Nnanna Ugbaga, formerly the ASM, Abuja station, assumes duty as General Manager, Airspace Planning.

Ugbaga takes over from Mr. Segun Ogunmola who is currently the Acting Director of Operations. Also Mr. Marcel Onwuakpa, who is currently ASM, Port Harcourt now takes over the helms of affairs as General Manager, Search and Rescue/CMC. Ugbaga began his career in 1981 as an ATC Assistant. He holds B.Sc in Political Science from the University of Calabar, apart from several ratings obtained in the course of training. Onwuakpa also joined the service in 1981.

A highly experienced Air Traffic Controller with several ratings, he holds B.Sc in Public Administration from University of Abuja. In another development, NAMA recently offered pre-retirement training to 34 retiring and retired staff. NAMA said in a statement on Monday that the training, a 5-day workshop, was designed to prepare the beneficiaries for life after paid employment. Of the 34 staff, 15 were from headquarters, 5 from MMIA while 14 were from out-stations across the country.

Dr. Uwem Akangson, Director of Human Resources, NAMA, described the initiative as part of the holistic strategy of the agency’s management to improve general welfare of its staff, whether retired or in service. The workshop, which took place at the Bezer Hotel, Otta, Ogun State was facilitated by International Gazielle Ltd with the theme, “Health Management in Retirement; Preparing to Retire into a Business Venture/Vocation; Making a Will and Contributory Pension Scheme in Perspective.”

March 13, 2015 |

NBC’s Technical Training Centre: Deepening Nigeria’s talent pool

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Electronic Engineering graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, had a dream of working in an organization that would provide him the platform to practise what he studied in the University.

His joy knew no bounds when he was eventually hired by the Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd, NBC, the non-alcoholic beverage giant, as one of the Graduate Trainees in 2013. He was further overwhelmed with joy when he assumed duty and was placed on 15 months training at the Company’s Technical Training Centre, TTC, Ikeja.

Nnanna is just one of the hundreds of beneficiaries of NBC’s capability development initiative. Indeed, capacity building and talent development should be a major focus of any organization that wants to run a sustainable business. This is true to the extent that enhanced employee capacity has a direct link with productivity and national economic growth. Organisations vote sizeable part of their annual budget to the continuous training and retraining of their workforce because of its direct impact in shaping the organisations, their operating environments and ultimately, their consumers.

NBC, a company incorporated in Nigeria in 1961 and a major driver of the Coca-Cola Hellenic Group, has over the years proven to be one of the few companies that are genuinely committed to the Nigerian economy and manpower development. With a clear definition of purpose and strategic mandate to help sustain the operation of a viable business entity, which in turn ensures sustained economic growth on a larger scale, NBC in 1996 set up the TTC.

Among others, the objectives of the Centre include: consistent provision of a pool of resourceful and competent engineers and technicians conversant with the highly demanding technology and operating environment in the beverage industry; continuous provision of high technical and leadership competencies training to young Nigerians; and commitment to stimulation of performance, improved productivity as well as value-added production capacity that engender economic growth.

Over 18 years down the line, the TTC has gained the reputation as a platform for provision of technical manpower for Nigeria’s industrial sector by ensuring an open-door policy that avails young people who meet certain criteria into the institute the opportunity to acquire technical training. Products of the Centre are known to demonstrate high technical and leadership competencies which earn them accelerated career progression within the organization.

March 13, 2015 |

NAMA Offers Pre-retirement Training to 34 Staff

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The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) recently embarked on restructuring of its management in the Directorate of Operations as Mr. Nnanna Ugbaga, formerly the ASM, Abuja station, assumes duty as General Manager, Airspace Planning.

Ugbaga takes over from Mr. Segun Ogunmola who is currently the Acting Director of Operations. Also Mr. Marcel Onwuakpa, who is currently ASM, Port Harcourt now takes over the helms of affairs as General Manager, Search and Rescue/CMC. Ugbaga began his career in 1981 as an ATC Assistant. He holds B.Sc in Political Science from the University of Calabar, apart from several ratings obtained in the course of training. Onwuakpa also joined the service in 1981.

A highly experienced Air Traffic Controller with several ratings, he holds B.Sc in Public Administration from University of Abuja. In another development, NAMA recently offered pre-retirement training to 34 retiring and retired staff. NAMA said in a statement on Monday that the training, a 5-day workshop, was designed to prepare the beneficiaries for life after paid employment. Of the 34 staff, 15 were from headquarters, 5 from MMIA while 14 were from out-stations across the country.

Dr. Uwem Akangson, Director of Human Resources, NAMA, described the initiative as part of the holistic strategy of the agency’s management to improve general welfare of its staff, whether retired or in service. The workshop, which took place at the Bezer Hotel, Otta, Ogun State was facilitated by International Gazielle Ltd with the theme, “Health Management in Retirement; Preparing to Retire into a Business Venture/Vocation; Making a Will and Contributory Pension Scheme in Perspective.”

March 13, 2015 |

Ban On Foreign Training For Govt Workers

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The Federal Government of Nigeria recently took a bold step by placing a ban on all foreign training by government officials and workers. This move, which many believe could have come before now, is a welcome development and deserves commendation. Precisely, the Federal Government through a circular from the Office of the Head of the Civil Service banned all federal ministries and agencies from embarking on foreign training for their workers. This foolowed the revelation that the country spends over $158 million yearly on overseas training.

Before now, several stakeholders had expressed reservations on these foreign trainings, which they claimed served more as an opportunity for the beneficiaries to earn estacodes, and not the needed human capacity building it ought to bring about. This of course is believed to have been responsible for the scramble for overseas training in government ministries and agencies.

The overseas training is quite unnecessary and a huge waste of resources since there are local management resource centres such as the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Nigerian Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), as well as the Nigerian Institute for Management (NIM), which the Centre for Management Development, CMD, has been working in partnership with.

In this age and time, and except in areas where the nation appears deficient, it beats logic for government officials to be sent on foreign training. Government must learn to develop and patronise local content, which the CMD and its recognised institutions and consultants represent.

As the operational arm of the National Council for Management Development, CMD is charged with the responsibility of inspecting and registering management consultants in terms of their code of practice in Nigeria. It is therefore unfortunate that rather than refer to the CMD as a first port of call in their training needs, ministries and agencies preferred to fly off-shore for trainings which could be conveniently and professionally done locally. This is sad as those in charge of these trainings only end up presenting themselves to Nigerians as turncoats.

As part of efforts to consolidate the foreign training ban, the country’s Centre for Management Development (CMD) has rightfully said that it would soon commence inspection and accreditation of all management consultants and institutions in the country. We commend this move by CMD, and urge the agency to take advantage of this ban to lead the way in the development of the nation’s capacity building, particularly in the aspect of human resource development.

March 12, 2015 |

UK plans training for 66,000 teachers in North

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Department for International Development, an agency of the United Kingdom, has inaugurated the Teacher Development Programme to boost learning in six northern states.

The programme will train 62,000 school teachers, 4,000 student teachers and 816 teacher educators in the six states.

The beneficiaries of the TDP arrangement, which is aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning at the basic education level, are Jigawa, Katsina, Zamfara, Niger, Kaduna and Kano states.

The programme, funded by DFID, is intended to improve the skills of teachers in the three core curriculum subjects of English, Mathematics and Science and Technology, is to produce better teachers through a combination of pre-service and in-service training.

The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiala, represented by the National Programme Manager, TDP, Dr. Nguyan Shaku Feese, said this at the meeting of the National Joint Committee for the TDP in Abuja.

He expressed optimism that the findings and recommendations of the working groups would be used to refine and improve the process of implementing the set of reforms articulated by the National Commission for Colleges of Education.

Nwaobiala lamented that the provision of regular sustainable Continuing Professional Development opportunities for teacher educators started to receive adequate attention recently.

“A key element of the reform of pre-service training is how to ensure that the teacher educators in our training institutions do have the regular opportunities for updating their subject content knowledge and pedagogical skills,” he stated.

Executive Secretary of NCCE, Prof. Muhammed Junaid, said the commission was committed to ensuring the production of quality teachers for the nation’s basic education sector.

According to him, the NCCE would continue to work with the colleges and TDP to accomplish the necessary reforms in the sector.

Junaid said, “Our ultimate aim in implementing the CPD programme is to engender a paradigm shift in the way lecturers teach, from traditional transmission model of teaching to constructivist gender sensitive pedagogy.”

March 12, 2015 |

FG to boost Aerospace Manpower Training Centre

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Minister of State for Works, Adedapo Adeyeye, has promised that the federal government would give the Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS) all the necessary support to make it a centre of excellence.

Adeyeye spoke when the Executive Director of the of the Centre, Dr. Adewale Akingbade, led a delegation of the institution to acquaint the minister with the activities of the centre which, he said, is capable of providing data from space that can help improve the security and general development of the country.

Established in 1972 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, RECTAS, located at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, is an educational one-stop solution institution that TRAINS highly skilled manpower in geospatial information science and technology, and its applications.

Adeyeye pledged to personally visit the centre, which is under the Federal Ministry of Works, after the general elections because of its immense importance to the security and general development of the country.

“After the elections, I will visit the centre because it is a very important one as far as the security and development of Nigeria are concerned… We will do whatever is in our power to strengthen your agency and provide adequate resources for it to become a centre of excellence. No doubt, we have the manpower to ensure that you rank among the best in the world.

Earlier, the Executive Director of the of the RECTAS, Dr. Adewale Akingbade,
explained that the establishment is an inter-governmental joint institution for Africa and that its membership is open to all African nations.

At present, however, the eight member-countries are Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.

Akingbade acknowledged that a lot of infrastructural development had taken place in this country, courtesy the Federal Ministry of Works, and thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for making it possible and for supporting his centre, RECTAS.

Throwing light on how it operates, he said the centre collects spatial data from space, arranges them and disseminates them to relevant end-users.

In particular, he said geo-informatics for security is another area of their specialisation, which can benefit Nigeria and all other member-countries.

He appealed for continued assistance from the Nigerian government while inviting the Minister of State for Works to visit his institution to acquaint himself with their activities.

March 12, 2015 |
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